In my never-ending search to catalog all the web’s social networks, I have discovered a bunch of blogging sites based on the LiveJournal code. These include DeadJournal, GreatestJournal, and InsaneJournal.com to name a few. This is great for me because these sites all have built-in social networks, and all of that is produced in FOAF format.
I am current working on a project with some students to start using spidered FOAF data with a firefox extension to integrate some social network information into browsing. (We are writing a paper on this that I’ll link to just as soon as it’s finished). I’ve always maintained in my work that social networks aren’t really useful for much if we just sit there and play with them. They become powerful once we start using the data from them.
I’ve hinted at another potential use, combining social networks with tagging. But I really am interested in some other ideas. Thus, I introduce
The 2007 Unofficial FOAF Challenge
So there is a lot of social network data out there in FOAF format - easily machine readable and relatively easy to aggregate and merge. If a service were available that let you use it, what do you think would be a good way to integrate the social information into systems?
Please post your answers here. Best idea wins. Entries due by January 4, 2007. Winners will be announced January 5, 2007. Everything is totally at my sole discretion and whim.
Prizes! Well, prize singular. I hereby promise the winner their choice of a fabulous RDF, OWL, or Social Network mini button. Geek Flair.